Explore the most popular mountain biking trails near Ramona with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

We hiked this yesterday. It is a moderate hike that is best done in the early hours to avoid the heat. The path is asphalt all the way and there are clear signs posted at the entrance to it from the highway. There many towers and buildings around when you get to the top. On the trail, contrary to what most posts say, it was easy to find shady spots but the heat could get intense if there is no wind. My group was lucky enough to have a nice breeze most of the time. We started the hike around 10:00 am and were back to our car in about 3 hours with tons of stop for pictures and rests. The views are amazing. Glad to have done it.

Pretty standard hike. Potato Chip is a San Diego icon, so I recommend checking it off the list even if the line can be 20 minutes long! Bring lots of water. It’s a climb but super wide path

an excellent hike, very strenuous, huge elevation gain, be prepared for an uphill climb! bring lots of water. view from the top is incredible one of the best 360 views I've seen in San Diego. go early in the morning so it's not hot on the way back.

I appreciated all the previous comments from people. I’m here in Ramona visiting my mother. I’m from Minnesota. I love this area and was interested in walking places I haven’t been to yet. Today was a wonderful day for a walk and this trail was just perfect. I loved the wildflowers peeking out along the trail. There was decent bird watching too. I found a nice place to sit in the shade near the end of my walk. I just had to watch out for the cow pies! If you are enjoying this trail on the weekend there is a winery nearby that would make a good place to refresh. Unfortunately it wasn’t open today. I hope to be back again!

It’s a very steep incline but beautiful views all around. I recommend reaching the top before the sun comes out. The way back down is a breeze.

Beautiful trail to do on a semi cloudy day, the last 100 yards require minimal bouldering. The rocks on the summit are big enough to lay down and enjoy the breeze with your shoes off. Recommend poles for the descent.

1 month ago

Enjoyed this more than I expected to. Good solid 8 miles on my gps. Very similar to the style of El Cajon Mountain, but shorter. Many ups and downs. Not a straight ascent, then descent. Not much shade, but nice scenery. The last 200 yards is not for everyone. Scrambling on hands and feet. Pretty steep.

Great hike. It is a challenge. No walk in the park. Well maintained. Limited shade so, do this hike early in the morning. It gets hot quickly. Save the water for the return because you will need it. Stay on the left most of the time. There is a market with a hiker sign on the right, don’t take it. This is probably at the 1.5 mile mark. Beautiful view from the top. You have to scramble to get to the top. Very cool and intense. You can spend a good time checking out the rocks and view up there. Few people in trail. 8 miles for me.

2 months ago

Good little trail. Its a pretty quick hike, like others have said you are on an old road. The AllTrails app seems to end randomly, we continued past to a T intersection and found a good rock to eat a snack and look down to the valley before we turned around.

Great hike to take the dogs!

This is a cardio ass kicker!! Agree that the paved road leaves a bit to be desired (although probably safer for us prone to slips and trips.). Cool rock formations and stunning views. Got a blister and achey knees but it was a gorgeous day for it!

I’m new to hiking and so far this is my favorite spot

Great hike in the scrub, nice views of the Ramona hills and ravines. This year, the wild flowers may not show, at least until we have a 2nd rainfall... however, they say this hike is 3.6 miles, but I'm at that mark and it looks like it will go for miles more.

Nice trail that offers a lot of photo spots. A lot of cool rocks/ boulders for climbing as well. Kinda takes the "natural" feel for the trail since its all pavement, but reduces the risks of falling or slipping. The line for the photo at the potato chip rock is ridiculous though....

Beautiful views the whole time! Not sure if you can go longer than the 4 miles. You eventually reach a no trespass sign, believe it’s marked as a private ranch.

All Pave road, reaching the top to see potato chip rock was rewarding. It wasn’t much of a beautiful hike for me maybe it’s because of the paved road so it didn’t feel natural to me. I think the Poway side will be much better.

Definitely a challenging hike with the elevation gain. It was very quiet and peaceful at the granite near the summit.

This hike is not moderate, it isn't even hard, it's BRUTAL.

I am in shape and this hike kicked my butt! It is about 4 and 1/2 miles to the top, at a steady, steep incline 95% of the time in total sun. Once you finally get to the top, if you can make it that far, the trail disappears. I started down what I thought was a trail to do down another way, but wasn't sure and didn't want to go miles out of my way and half to climb that again. All Trails says it is a loop, but there are no markers up there so I just turned around and came back the way I went up. Dogs are allowed, on a leash of course. However, if you or your dog are not healthy and in shape, you will never to able to make it. Lots of water, a hat and sunscreen are essential. Like I said, this hike is extremely difficult and very annoying. There is nothing of interest to look at along the nine miles you will be huffing and puffing. No trees, shade, water, or animals, unless you count crows circling around in the sky.

Good luck!

Fun fun

I’m a newbie and I loved this hike! It’s beautiful and interesting. So much to see, great views. The vernal pools were cool. Mostly easy but there are some pretty good hills a couple of miles in that surprised me, but the dog and I made it. There isn’t much shade so definitely an early morning hike. Pick a breezy day, it helps!

Back way to potato chip. Easy but very steep

beginners level, great hike to get the blood going! dogs ok if they're on a leash. I wouldn't recommend strollers of any kind because parts of the trail would be difficult due to the railroad ties every few steps and loose sand.

It's a bit shorter going this way then from Lake Poway. Parking is along the road which is a busy road. Hike is up a paved road and no dirt whatsoever. This way is a constant uphill so you get a workout. I like dirt, I like not parking on the road, and there were lots of people, even on a week day. If you actually hike and don't do urban walks then start at Lake Poway and walk in some dirt.

4 months ago

This was an easy one! Views are nice and you can see the lake for a split moment between the mountains. It'll get your heart pumping a bit but it's great for beginners who are wanting to challenge themselves a little. Hiked out around 9:30 am and there was very little shade but some cool spots. Took about an hour to head up. Don't forget your water !

A steep paved road that leads up to a summit that is bristling with radio masts.
A good workout, and no chance of getting lost, (even after dark), with nice views on all sides, though it's hardly communing with nature.

Well worth any pain you might incur

First Time here. Trail riding horses.
People were great. Walkers & dogs on trail. Everyone so polite & curious with their dogs. Horses were very relaxed the whole ride.
The weather was perfect. A little cool at start. A little windy but bright & sunny. About 65° Out.

A lot of inclines, but worth it.

This was a good winter hike. Here it is mid-December and it hit 82 deg today. If I did it again I would park before the road turns to gravel and skip the upper part of the loop— the hike is not very interesting in the beginning. The best part comes at the end with the rock formations near the peak and the awesome view. Enjoy!

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